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Young Driver Evidence being overlooked

25 April 2018

RoadSafe Executive Director writes: 'Today I attended the Young Driver Focus held in London – it was a very good event which brought together many who operate on the front-line of young driver education with policy makers and research experts.

I hope that a fuller report will be available through the next edition of RoadSafe News, but one thing struck me forcibly, especially during the  The Big Debate – does pre-driver training for the under-17s make for safer young, newly qualified drivers? – that many who have responsibility for the delivery of driver education or training are still ignoring the evidence. It is really hard to find new interventions which have a real effect and we welcome the review being carried out by the UK Government.

I recommend that all who are involved in this area of road safety work read the evidence available on The Road Safety Observatory. Of particular note:

One approach which has support from a wide range of research experts is that risk can be reduced by closer parental involvement, good example and a longer time spent learning. 

We look forward to the outcomes of the scientific evaluation in GB four types of key interventions :

  • interventions engaging parents in managing post-test driving in specific situations;
  • interventions engaging a range of stakeholders (and utilising a logbook approach) in increasing the amount and breadth of pre-test on-road experience;
  • interventions utilising technology (IVDRs) and possibly parents as well to manage driver behaviour post-test
  • and interventions to train hazard perception skill

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